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Athlete Accolades

January 15th, 2014

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Hardware for Smooh!
Hardware for Smooh!
SW doesn't get cold.
SW doesn't get cold.
Peachy's Mom snapped this photo of Peachy (red hair) running the mile in 1974. 40 years later she ran darn near the same pace for 6.2 miles.
Peachy's Mom snapped this photo of Peachy (red hair) running the mile in 1974. 40 years later she ran darn near the same pace for 6.2 miles.

Many of my clients have been busy tearing up the roads and trails this winter.  I’m a big fan of using 5 and 10km races over the winter as a way of staying in the game.

Many athletes will find that, despite extensive specific preparation, they are able to PR at shorter distances due to their previous season of hard work and a proper amount of off-season rest.  There’s a lot to be said about “freshness.”

Susan “Smooh” Hayden rocked the hills of St. Francisville, LA (yes, there are hills in south Louisiana – big suckers, actually).  She placed second in the 10 mile Wilderness challenge.

Stacey “Stud Woman” Finerman continues to roll.  SW placed second overall in the aptly named Polar Prowl 5km in Boulder, CO.

Ken Miller set a 40 second PR for the 5km distance at the SoCal Half Marathon and 5km.  Impressive!

Lisa “Rockfish” Ribes ran to a second overall in the Tucson Sun Run 10km, with a quick early season time of 36:53.  Keep an eye out for Rockfish this year!

Sharon Peachy “her actual maiden name” Sheremeta ran an unbelievable 10km in the Tucson Sun Run.  At the ripe young age of 54, Peachy smashed her all-time best for the 6.2 mile distance – by a longshot.

Words can’t describe how fortunate I am to have friends and clients who continually impress and motivate me with their passion for fitness and their dedication to balance and hard work.

Congrats on a great start to 2014!

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I’m Right. (Should a male triathlete shave his legs?)

January 6th, 2014

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Men - we're hairy. Embrace it.
Men - we're hairy. Embrace it.

I enjoy a civil argument – especially when there’s no right or wrong answer, because then I’m always right.

With this in mind – tune in here to periodically weigh in on questions that have no right or wrong answer.  It’s always fun to argue when you can never be wrong!

Should a male triathlete shave his legs?

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Racing For A Reason(s)

January 4th, 2014

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Matthew and Madeline with Layla, a Tu Nidito child.
Matthew and Madeline with Layla, a Tu Nidito child.
Matthew, Madeline, and me.
Matthew, Madeline, and me.
The kids watched Ironman Kona this year. Next stop Tahoe!
The kids watched Ironman Kona this year. Next stop Tahoe!

During my 20-year career as a professional triathlete, I had just about zero desire to do the Ironman distance.  I was mildly intrigued at the start of my career, but by mile six of the run in the 1987 Ironman World Championships, I was over it.

I was so over it that I never attempted another Ironman nor thought about attempting one until the twilight of my career in 1999.  I’ve always been a quick learner and on that day in 1987, I learned two very important things about myself:
  1. I have a short attention span, and
  2. I suck at the Ironman distance.

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RESOLVE

January 1st, 2014

Listing New Year’s Resolutions has been a family tradition as far back as I can remember.  My mom was big on the list.  She would ask us kids (at least four and sometimes six, if you count the “steps”) to sit quietly and list ways in which we could better ourselves.  I remember the hour or two that it took to compile a list of 3-4 resolutions seeming like a torture session.  When you’re eight or nine, there are not a whole lot of things that you feel like doing or changing that will make you a better person.

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